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The flute literature to be discussed in this study will be limited to the first half of the eighteenth century. During that period the choice of solo instrument was often left to the discretion of the performer. Many composers marked their music flute or violin or oboe and wrote in such a manner that it could be played on either. The term “flute” often meant either the recorder or transverse flute. There recently has been an interest in reviving eighteenth century flute music, much of which was clearly intended for the transverse flute. Music intended for other media which was transcribed for flute will not be covered in this study. However, the titles of some of the early flute tutors indicate that the transcribing of “...Song Tunes, Minuets, Marches, Duets, etc.” was a popular practice.



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